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New-York Historical Society Museum & Library
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US$99.00*
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The New York Sightseeing Pass
Ranked #111 of 1,116 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A trip to New York wouldn't be complete without a visit to the New-York Historical Society with its four centuries of history and art - plus the only Children's History Museum in the area. It hits the spot for anyone craving an offbeat (and often surprising) bite of the city's culture easily digested in an hour or two. Quirky, smart, immersive and across the street from beautiful Central Park, it offers a rich taste of the city. You know the city - now hear the stories. Witness New York's rise from remote outpost to city at the center of the world in our 18-minute panoramic film experience, New York Story, in surround-sound on a 75-foot screen. Then travel through time in visionary exhibitions and an entire floor of children's galleries that show why this city has always captivated hearts and minds. "We were absolutely blown away by the film which manages to convey more about New York and its history than one could imagine ever being crammed into 18 minutes." - CL, New York NY History will break free from the textbooks and jump into your life! Hungry for more? The New-York Historical Society is your neighborhood destination for food and drink, whether you're grabbing a breakfast bite and a delicious cup of coffee at Parliament Coffee & Espresso Bar, or you're looking to relax with a delectable lunch and dinner and a glass of wine at Storico. Then explore the NYHistory Store for unique New York City gifts and exhibition-related merchandise.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 21 June 2008

Came upon this museum because my son wanted to go to the Natural History Museum next door. As an ex-New Yorker and twice-yearly visitor, I had never seen it or even heard of this museum before. As another reviewer said elsewhere, this is the best $10 you'll spend - and kids 12 and under are free! One of the traveling exhibits when we were there was about the guillotine, which my son loved. Another was about historical textiles imported from Asia, which was breathtaking. The permanent exhibits of New York furniture, furnishings, toys, souvenirs and more was fascinating as was the exhibit about slavery. All wrapped in a wonderfully clever layout in a sparkling clean but definitely not sterile environment. The good and bad news is you will probably have the museum relatively to yourself. Don't miss it. Give yourself several hours to visit.

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